IND vs SA: Dinesh Karthik Opens Up On India Comeback, Makes Bold Statement
Dinesh Karthik returns to Indian team (Image source: Twitter)

Kolkata: Royal Challengers Bangalore had a mixed outing in the IPL 2022 league stage. They failed to make it to the playoffs on their own and had to depend on other results to progress further into the tournament. One of the main reasons for their inconsistent show was their poor batting.

In most of the games, the players failed to deliver collective performance, with the team ending up either posting below-par scores or failing to chase targets. However, one player who was mighty impressive was Dinesh Karthik. He won plenty of games for RCB on his own and kept them alive in the tournament. Karthik scored 287 runs in 14 league games for the team. His consistent show also helped him get back to the Indian team for the South Africa T20Is.

Speaking about his comeback, wicketkeeper-batter said that his latest recall to the Indian team is his “most special comeback” of a rollercoaster international career that began way back in 2004.

“This is my most special comeback because a lot of people had given up on me. For me to comeback and do what I did, practice the way I did, so many special things have happened in the lead up to the rock-shell and how I practiced post that,” the 36-year-old told the RCB website.

Karthik forced the selectors to pick him after displaying exemplary finishing skills in the IPL. He had last played for India in the 2019 ODI World Cup. He praised the Royal Challengers Bangalore team management for backing him strongly for the finisher’s role.

“I think the clarity that they gave me for me to execute the role that I wanted to do, in many ways I am indebted to RCB for picking me and giving me that role, believing in me and then me coming out here and trying to do my best for team RCB. So, it’s all and all a very very happy feeling.”

The main goal for Karthik is to play the T20 World Cup in Australia later this year. “There are so many young boys who would be putting up their name for selection, to see the skillset that is out there and believe that this is the guy we need for the World Cup. I think it is a very very humbling feeling.”

“I know that journey is still there to the World Cup but being a part of the scheme of things and getting the opportunity to showcase my skills, I am very proud of it”, he added.

Karthik has played 26 Tests, 94 ODIs and 32 T20s for India.